Neighborhood

Romans 13:8-14, “8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
 11And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

In the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus tells us about an unlucky man who was mugged and the three men who came upon him. The priest, who is usually in charge of helping the needy, was needed in another town and could not be bothered to lend a hand. Then the Levite happened upon the scene, his duties are similar to that of the priest and so he went on his way. Then it was the Samaritan who actually did something useful. The two who were most likely to help out a down-and-out guy did less than the sworn enemy. When it all is boiled down, a neighbor is the sort of guy you can be merciful to.

If people took this one commandment more seriously, there’d be a little less trouble in general. Of course, trying to suddenly make up for years of selfish concern is apt to cause a little trouble. In fact, one could think a person as being unsincere or only doing a kindness for the sake of their own reputation in the eyes of others. This is a crazy time, much stranger than at any time before. Soon things will be down-right weird. I’m told that in the past it was possible to leave houses unlocked, guns in trucks parked at school, and it was all-around generally safe.

In all the time I’ve been alive, unlocked houses are asking to be broken into, having a weapon is like not trusting the authorities to take care of you and we can’t have that, children are taken from the streets on their way home from school, and it just seems like the world is a very unsafe place that dislikes my country or aims to take us down a notch.

Somebody took away that false sense of security and made certain a true sense of security could never again be installed. But through it all, the Bible has one commandment that Jesus lived and we should too. Love your neighbor as yourself. Perhaps only then there can be some true security. But I fear that if a nation for the people and by the people cannot love it’s neighbors, then the world does indeed have reason to mistrust us.

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